In order to find an effective treatment for my wife’s migraines I will be exploring the feasibility of using psilocybin. In parallel, my secondary goal is to find a dose that assists with spiritual practices, such as presence and awareness. In this grow journal, I will be keeping track of my progress in using the Magic Mushroom Grow Kit ‘Golden Teacher’ from the good people at trufflemagic.com.
I carefully followed the instructions for the grow kit. It’s super easy. To start off, all you need to do is remove the lid of the kit and rinse it off with tap water. Then, place the open container in the plastic bag that comes with the kit. After that, it’s all just about waiting and watch what happens for the next 7 days. I have not put the kit on a heat-mat yet but will do so tomorrow. For now, the Golden Teacher grow kit sits in a cabinet to preserve darkness as the mushrooms should not be exposed to sunlight. Below are some pictures:
I got myself a Vivosun Heat Mat and Digital Thermostat combo and placed the whole kit on it. According the grow kit instructions, the ideal temperature of the substrate is around 23 degrees Celsius. This awesome heat mat has a sensor that you can just stick about 1″ into the substrate from where it takes the exact temperature. The mushrooms immediately responded to this improvement and started pinning within hours.
By the way, this is my third Vivosun Heat Mat, I have another two versions of this, but without the thermostat. I use those heat mats to start off medicinal cannabis plants seedlings.
Below are a few pictures I took yesterday. That’s when I started spraying the inside of the bag, carefully avoiding any water dropping onto the actual grow kit. Crazy, literally within a few hours, the heads of the mushrooms started forming and colonizing. Maybe 1/3″ within 3 hours. A little later, you could clearly see the colonies develop. It’s important not to add too much water, which could interfere with the growth. So far, everything looks great. I now need to study up on how to take mushroom spore prints. The idea is to take spore prints just before harvest.
I only misted the bag once which seems plenty. It is absolutely incredible how well this Golden Teacher Grow Kit works and it’s essentially all hands-off. Well, when I woke up this morning, it was an amazing sight – look at the pics below and see how these magic mushrooms went into fruiting within just three days. Since I’m very new to this, I reached out to a bunch of trusted friends and asked them to evaluate how far out they are to harvest. I was told that the veil is about to pop and they should come out later this day. But one step at a time, for now, here is some mushroom eye candy:
Well, I heard back from some experienced medicinal mushroom growers and they told me that I should harvest by or before the end of the day. About 5 hours later, I decided to go ahead and give it a shot, because I saw that the veils on a couple of the larger shrooms had dropped. Here are a couple more pictures that I took during the first flush harvest of this Golden Teacher growkit.
The actual harvest of these mushrooms went well, but I need a bit more practice. I think it takes a couple of rounds to develop a the ‘proper technique’ when pulling them out of the substrate. I found the video below really helpful as it demonstrates the twist-and-pull method, for the lack of a better term when :
I ended up harvesting 122 grams of Golden Teachers. I decided to put 30 grams aside for immediate consumption and I left the rest to dry up up completely. I also cold-shocked the grow kit according to the instructions to initiate a second flush. You simply fill up the kit with cold water, put the lid back on and let it sit for 12 hours. Then, remove the lid in one corner and our out all excess water. After that, you simply start the whole process over, meaning I wrapped the plastic bag tightly around the kit and put it back on my temperature controlled heat mat.
New mushrooms are developing in the Golden Teacher grow kit, but the growth seems more sporadic and there are – as expected – fewer shrooms developing. In the meantime, the previously harvested Golden Teachers have dried up nicely. Amazing, how much mass they lost over the past couple of days, but then it’s not really surprising, because apparently freshly harvested mushrooms contain 90% water. Anyway, take a look at the pics below to see the shrooms fully dried:
The second flush of the Golden Teacher grow kit is coming along nicely and I think it is time to pull those shrooms which are yet again close to dropping their veils. There are not that many, but they all look great and I seem to be a little bit less clumsy when pulling the mushrooms out of the mycelium, thank God! So, I went ahead and just harvested another 40 gram, focusing on those mushrooms which seemed ready to come out. There are still a bunch of others but those I will leave intact for not because they are only about 1/2 inch tall at this point. Below is a picture of the second flush I got out of the Golden Teacher grow kit by Trufflemagic:
It’s funny, people warned me about the weird taste of magic mushrooms. I can’t say that I agree, I actually think they are quite tasty. I definitely prefer the taste of shrooms over the taste of truffles, but ultimately, I really like both variants. What I lack at this point is experience, but that’s about to change!
I ended up initiating a third flush, however, I must have used too much water. After a 3-4 days, I could tell that things are not going exactly as expected and I realized that I accidentally must have sprayed the bag with way too much water! A good lesson learned for next time!
I need to mention again that I am not interested – at least at this point – into having a ‘traditional tripping’ experience, if there’s such a thing. So, I cannot give testament to hallucinations and things of that kind.
The Magic Mushroom Grow Kit Golden Teacher by Trufflemagic was my very first experience with shrooms and I couldn’t be more pleased with this product. For a beginner like myself, this was an excellent introduction to the world of magic mushrooms. I you just follow the simple instructions provided on the trufflemagic.com website, it’s virtual impossible to screw this up.
This worked like a charm and I can’t wait to start my next grow kits, namely the Mazatapec and Colombian. The only thing I need to do differently next time is to be more careful when spraying the inside of the bag – the rest should be smooth sailing again.